Austin Dermatologists Reveal The Benefits and Possible Dangers Of Gel Manicures

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Dr. Mamelak and Dr. Hanson caution clients about new dermatological procedures

Austin, TX – Sanova Dermatology is one of the premier sources for cosmetic medical and surgical Austin dermatology. Dr. Adam Mamelak and Dr. Miriam Hanson blend their experience, education, technology and compassion to provide quality care. Equipped with a state-of-the-art facility, Sanova Dermatology uses the latest technology and techniques the field has to offer.

Dr. Mamelak and Dr. Hanson have been following new reports about a popular type of manicure. Gel manicures, while lasting longer and offering a brighter shine than traditional polishes, may also expose the recipient to certain health risks.

When clients receive a gel manicure, they are given four or five coats of polish. Each of these coats of polish require drying time under an ultraviolet light and the collective time can amount to significant UV exposure. The UV light used during the finishing process of these gel manicures is similar to the UV light emitted by tanning beds. If clients are receiving a gel manicure every two weeks (the approximate time each manicure lasts), clients may be risking skin damage.

As with any situation involving sun exposure, Dr. Mamelak and Dr. Hanson recommend applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Anyone looking for a sunscreen that protect against UV-A and UV-B rays should look for products that contain ingredients such as:

  • Octyl salicylate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Zinc oxide
  • Titanium dioxide

Dr. Mamelak and Dr. Hanson, each an Austin dermatologist, recommend patients always consult a qualified dermatologist before undergoing any treatment – particularly a relatively new one. Gel manicure treatments, while providing excellent results, are too new to determine long-lasting positive and negative effects. At Sanova Dermatology, their private dermatology practice, Dr. Mamelak and Dr. Hanson warn their patients that, as with all dermatology procedures, there are risks involved and it is best to receive care from a board-certified professional.

Adam J. Mamelak MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Adam Mamelak is dual board-certified in dermatology. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and earned his medical degree at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In addition, he completed a dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mamelak was the founder of the first-ever Mohs Micrographic surgery practice in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, Ontario. He is available for interview upon request.

Miriam L. Hanson MD, FAAD

Dr. Miriam Hanson is board-certified in dermatology. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She has practiced at some of the top (awarded Platinum Rating) cosmetic and medical dermatology offices in North America and has worked closely with internationally recognized specialists in cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer treatment, and contact dermatitis. In addition to being an active participant in various clinical research trials, she has authored several articles, both individually and in collaboration with other reputable experts. Dr. Hanson is available for interview upon request.

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